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Terminator: Dark Fate: Early Reactions Are Overwhelmingly Positive

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With Terminator: Dark Fate weeks away from opening in theaters everywhere, the first round of early reactions from press screenings have surfaced online. They skew largely to the positive.

With the social media embargo for the film lifted, entertainment news reporters and professional critics have lauded Dark Fate for being the best film in the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Mackenzie Davis' performance as the cyborg protagonist Grace has been especially praised by critics, in addition to Linda Hamilton's return to reprise her star-making role as Sarah Conner.

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Dark Fate marks the return of franchise co-creator James Cameron, who produced and co-wrote the film. Cameron and the other filmmakers opted to ignore the events of all but the original two films in the franchise. This rendered the third, fourth and fifth installments non-canon following their mixed reception with audiences and critics.

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Terminator: Dark Fate has a new killing machine from the future, Rev-9, travel back in time to assassinate a young woman who plays an important role in saving humanity in the coming war against sentient machines. Grace, a resistance fighter fitted with cybernetic parts, travels back to protect humanity's potential savior, teaming with Sarah Conner and the T-800 along the way.

Directed by Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta. The film opens Nov. 1.

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